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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

The Bible contains all kinds of crazy rules and restrictions on what we can wear

A new page! "Biblical Dress Codes: God's Laws on Clothes"

The contents menu is:

For example, Zephaniah 1:8 says "I will punish ... all who array themselves in foreign attire". This not only spells doom for the Chinese and Indonesian clothing export markets, but it probably plays havoc with our wardrobes in all kinds of unexpected ways. For example, who knew that the humble neck tie was invented in its modern form by the Croatians? Christians anywhere outside of Croatia better make sure that they avoid such foreign attire. Thankfully God's glorious message, recorded eternally in the Bible, warns us of such sins. If only anyone listened!

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The Law, Legalism and Liberty

The sad truth is that, while the Law of God is good, the flesh loves legalism. The biggest problem that New Testament Christians faced was so-called Jewish believers trying to compel them to be circumcised, to observe dietary laws, and other such tenets of the OT Law.

While the Law did establish standards for sin and clearly convicted all men as sinners, the council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 decidedly removed the requirements of the Law upon the Gentiles. Even after this decision, Jews from Jerusalem continued to try and compel Gentiles to keep the law. These Jews were acting on their FEELINGS about the Law and not the TRUTH about what Christ had accomplished in fulfilling it. It was the same sentiment that led them to crucify Christ in the first place.

Any New Testament "teacher" that tries to circumvent the clear teachings of the apostles with a return to adherence to the Torah is a false teacher and a false prophet, acting on his feelings about the Law and not the clear teachings of the New Testament. I agree with Paul about those who were compelling Old Testament circumcision on New Testament Gentile believers, "I would they were even cut off (Gr. "to castrate" or "to make a eunuch") which trouble you."

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